Report Says Rebuilding Taum Sauk Reservoir a Viable Option

JANUARY 10, 2007 - Posted at 4:21 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Ameren UE's Taum Sauk reservoir can be repaired safely and doesn't need to be rebuilt.  That's according to a report from engineers representing the utility's insurers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the report was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in November and made public Monday.

The report contradicts design plans being pursued by Ameren.

The Taum Sauk reservoir housed a mountaintop hydroelectric plant in southeast Missouri until it ruptured in December 2005, spilling more than one billion gallons of water.  No one was killed.

In February, Ameren consultants recommended that the utility focus on rebuilding the reservoir.  Federal regulators agreed with that approach in a letter to the company last spring.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)